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The state of the NZ book market

Last year, New Zealanders purchased 5.3 million printed books — not bad for a country of just 4.6 million people, but a long way behind Australia. While Kiwis purchased an…

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A respectful question to authors using traditional publishers

… “Do you realize how much are you paying for the services provided by your publisher?”   For a middle-aged writer, a publishing contract in today’s standard form will likely last well…

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Publish. A lot!

Publish. A Lot: For those of you who have spent 10 years writing your last book I have news for you. You have ten days to write your next one….

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Indie or traditional? An author’s dilemma

Should you opt for indie publishing or go the traditional route? There’s no easy answer. Every author has to make his/her own decision. I’ve made mine, so consider me biased….

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Seven things writers should remember

A gentle reminder from Joe Konrath … This post goes out to no one in particular for no particular reason. Maybe it will motivate some. Maybe it will make others…

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Social media snake oil

Chris Syme of CKSyme Media Group has some advice for authors: The book marketing sector, more than any I have ever worked in, is full of bad marketing advice. In…

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Why Facebook will not help you sell books

An illuminating post from Michael Alvear at Digital Book World: As an author, book marketer and social media specialist, I cannot think of a single more wasteful thing an author…

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The Myth of The Lazy Writer

Hugh Howey, writing in Publishers Weekly; The hardest part of getting a book published is the actual writing. All it takes to see this is the number of people who…

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American reading habits (2014)

Last year, nearly a quarter of American adults didn’t read a single book–hardback, paperback or e-book–a figure that’s almost tripled since 1978. (The graphic comes from Seth Godin’s blog posting…

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Why people buy books

52% — Author reputation 49% — Personal recommendation 45% — Price 37% — Book Reviews 22% — Cover/Blurb 14% — Advertising (including online)   From the 2010 Survey of Book-Buying…

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